Wichita Falls Urgent Care Clinics versus Emergency Rooms - KAUZ-TV: Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Wichita Falls Urgent Care Clinics versus Emergency Rooms

Source: KAUZ Source: KAUZ
WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) -

With all the new clinics and care centers that have opened up in Wichita Falls, there may be some confusion as to where to go for what.
One month ago Community Medical Urgent Care opened their doors. 
It is a walk in urgent care clinic.
    "We can treat everything from boo boos to broken bones," Dr. Gregory Bloomquist, the Chief Medical Officer of Community Medical Urgent Care said. "We do x-rays, stitches, testing and we treat people."
Another facility to recently open is Neighbors Emergency Clinic.
It is a stand alone ER.
    "You are going to get the same type of blood work, CT scans and things that you would get at a normal emergency room," Dr. Phuc Vo, the Medical Director of Neighbors Emergency Clinic said.
Dr. Vo said there is a difference between the two.
    "An emergency is something that has to be treated within the next minutes to one day," Dr. Vo said. "Say you have abdominal pain. You could have appendicitis. That has to be treated within the next day. An urgent matter could be treated within the next two to three days or a week. So if you had strep throat, you could wait a few days for that and get that treated later on."
Over the past year Select ER also opened before closing and a new facility is soon to come on Southwest Parkway.
Dr. Bloomquist attributes some of the urgent care's success to the Affordable Care Act.
    "One of the things that comes with the Affordable Care Act that I've experienced is extremely high co-pays for emergency room visits," Dr. Bloomquist said. "In the range of $500 to $600 dollars. And what it's trying to do is dissuade people from going to an emergency room using all of the resources of an emergency room for very simple things that should be handled some place else."
Dr. Vo said with the Affordable Care Act, more people have insurance leading to an increase in patients.
Autumn Courtney, the Marketing Representative for Community Medical Urgent Care, and Dr. Vo said everyone wants to serve an underserved community.
    "That's why we are here for the community," Dr. Vo said. "We want to help alleviate people's wait times and we understand nobody knows what they actually have until you do the test and see a doctor."
    "We are just really excited about letting Wichita Falls know that you have options," Courtney said.
Neighbors ER officials said they want to work with the other medical facilities and not compete against them.
We reached out to United Regional on the facilities opening and what it could mean for alleviated wait times, but they declined to comment.

Copyright 2016 KAUZ News All Rights Reserved

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • Visit to WH grounds by intel chairman clouds investigation

    Visit to WH grounds by intel chairman clouds investigation

    Monday, March 27 2017 8:22 PM EDT2017-03-28 00:22:56 GMT
    Monday, March 27 2017 8:22 PM EDT2017-03-28 00:22:56 GMT

    House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes' spokesman says the congressman met on the White House grounds with the source of the claim that communications involving President Donald Trump's associates were caught up...

    House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes' spokesman says the congressman met on the White House grounds with the source of the claim that communications involving President Donald Trump's associates were caught up in "incidental" surveillance.

  • Company: Oil in pipeline under Missouri River reservoir

    Company: Oil in pipeline under Missouri River reservoir

    Monday, March 27 2017 8:12 PM EDT2017-03-28 00:12:52 GMT
    Monday, March 27 2017 8:12 PM EDT2017-03-28 00:12:52 GMT

    The Dakota Access pipeline developer says it has oil placed in the pipeline under a Missouri River reservoir and that the full pipeline will be in service soon.

    The Dakota Access pipeline developer says it has oil placed in the pipeline under a Missouri River reservoir and that the full pipeline will be in service soon.

  • City Leader wants to repurpose Attebury Grain Elevator

    City Leader wants to repurpose Attebury Grain Elevator

    Monday, March 27 2017 7:57 PM EDT2017-03-27 23:57:11 GMT
    The mill was build in the early 1900's by Frank KellThe mill was build in the early 1900's by Frank Kell

    It is considered by many one of the biggest eyesores in Wichita Falls, but that could soon change. The Attebury Grain Elevator, once a booming place of business has faded into an unappealing historical landmark. Wichita Falls Mayor Stephen Santellana though sees it as an opportunity.

    It is considered by many one of the biggest eyesores in Wichita Falls, but that could soon change. The Attebury Grain Elevator, once a booming place of business has faded into an unappealing historical landmark. Wichita Falls Mayor Stephen Santellana though sees it as an opportunity.

Powered by Frankly